Symone Sanders, Vice President Kamala Harris’ chief spokesperson and senior adviser, plans to leave the administration later this month.
Sanders reportedly announced her decision Wednesday in a letter to Harris’ staff.
“I’m so grateful to the VP for her vote of confidence from the very beginning and the opportunity to see what can be unburdened by what has been,” she wrote. “I’m grateful for Tina [Flournoy, Harris’ chief of staff] and her leadership and confidence as well. Every day, I arrived at the White House complex knowing our work made a tangible difference for Americans. I am immensely grateful and will miss working for her and with all of you.”
In November, Ashley Etienne, who served as Harris’ communications director, also stepped down. Reports suggested major issues between the White House and Harris’ staff, but officials have dismissed such claims.
Sanders, 31, the daughter of Omaha Star Publisher Terri Sanders, gained national prominence in 2016 as the national press secretary for the presidential campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders (no relation).
At 25, she became the youngest presidential press secretary on record and was named to Rolling Stone magazine’s list of 16 young Americans shaping the 2016 election.
Sanders also worked as the principal of the 360 Group LLC, providing strategic communications guidance to organizations, businesses, individuals, campaigns and candidates and helping clients find sound solutions to tough political and social problems.
According to her biography, Sanders is the former chair of the Coalition of Juvenile Justice Emerging Leaders Committee and a former member of the Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice.
She once worked as a political commentator for CNN and served in 2018 and 2019 as a resident fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School and the University of Southern California’s Center for the Political Future, respectively.
“Symone has been working at the highest levels and in an extraordinarily intense environment for three years for Joe Biden and now Vice President Harris,” Anita Dunn, a former top aide to President Joe Biden, said in a televised interview this week. “When you look at the three years, two on the campaign, one in the White House, nobody can question her decision that she needs a break and it’s time to move on. And she’ll always be a member of the Biden-Harris family.”